Eight Feared Dead In Bayelsa Boat Mishap


Eight Persons are feared dead, following a boat mishap at the Sagbama axis of the Forcados River, in Bayelsa State.

The Tide correspondent  learnt that the incident occurred recently as a result of over-loading of the 15-passenger boat.

Eye witnesses told our correspondent that the boat carried some 30 persons,bags of rice and cartons of drinks as at the time of the incident.

“People told the driver that the boat was over-loaded but he refused to listen,saying that it was his time to make money,”the witnesses said.

It was learnt that the victims,all male, got drowned during the mishap,while others were rescued by sympathisers from other boats who responded to the shouts of the passengers.

Four out of the drowned passengers, the eye witnesses said,were Delta civil servants from Asaba,who were going to attend the burial of the father of their female colleague in Agoloma town in Patani Local Government Area of Delta State.

One of the passengers who simply gave her name as Sarah, said she and another lady named Maku, swam in the water until rescue came from another passenger boat.